Fiction Editing

Working Words will help to empower you to write with confidence and clarity in your own voice.










A manuscript evaluation is perfect for authors who just want some general feedback about their book (similar to beta readers). Having me evaluate your manuscript is better than having friends and family reading your work because I will provide objective feedback. A manuscript evaluation includes a detailed letter about the overall strengths of your work and where there is room to make improvements. More specifically, I will provide feedback on your intended audience, any major issues with your structure (or plot), and suggestions for further character development. I will also suggest if your manuscript needs a collaborative edit or copyedit.




Collaborative editing is what I love doing the most! This editing service examines all aspects of your project: plot structure, character development, genre elements, stylistic choices, consistency, and grammar. My feedback includes specific comments and suggested solutions to support you in creating the best work possible. This editing process is collaborative because I work with authors to both develop and organize their ideas in the story, and I also provide feedback on how to improve author's writing skills with suggestions and feedback. I use comments, chapter notes, and Track Changes to create an on-going conversation with authors on how to continue to improve and work on their projects. During this process, I can also provide sensitivity readings, if requested.





Copyediting is suitable for writers who already have a solid structure and need some support with grammar, punctuation, spelling, wordiness, clarity, and consistency. I provide comments and feedback to improve readability, sentence structure, and consistency of tone and flow. For writers who have already completed a collaborative edit (or structural, developmental, and stylistic edit), copyediting is a great way to ensure that your manuscript is ready for the proofreading stage.



To see if my editing style fits your needs, I offer clients a sample edit on their first chapter. I follow the Editors Canada guidelines for fees. Please contact me to receive a quote.


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